You are connected with Zamperini from the start all the way to the finish
Informative perspective on the pacific pow experience
I nearly didn't buy this book and there were times I wished I hadn't. Hillenbrand has a tendency of staying too long on a set of descriptors. Her characters tend to extremes - fastest, stupidest, kindest, most dysfunctional people alive with few having any balance of characteristics. Likewise, the segments of the this book became repetitious.
But overall I am glad I read the book. It helped me understand a part of WWII that was not in my thought pattern and helped me understand reactions by elderly American men who had served in that theatre. The story offered plenty of conflict, lots of excitement and possibility. I really didn't feel sure how the story would end. The ending was satisfying.
Listening to this story has left me with interesting impressions of human nature. I studied Human Development as an undergrad and that along with a religious lifestyle provided me with various insights while listening. in fact, I didn't want to stop listening and relished the traffic that accompanied my drives in the late afternoons. This is an amazing telling of cruelty, resilience, determination, dignity, forgiveness, brotherly love, and other facets of the human experience. I feel enraptured and edified by this story accompanied by a desire to be kinder and do more for others. Only the best of stories have such an effect.